In a dreary sign of economic doldrums, more than six in 10 workers worry that they will lose their jobs, according to a Washington Post-Miller Center poll.
It was the highest level in more than a dozen surveys dating to the 1970s, the newspaper reported.
A record 32 percent also said they worry "a lot" about losing their jobs.
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The newspaper noted that the anxiety is concentrated among low-income workers: 54 percent of workers making $35,000 or less now worry "a lot" about losing their jobs, compared with 37 percent of lower-income workers in 1992. In addition, 85 percent of lower-income workers fear that their families' income will not be enough to meet expenses, up 25 points from a 1971 survey.
The poll of 1,509 adults was conducted Sept. 6-12. It had an overall margin of error of 3 percentage points.
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